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Alexandria considers changes in taxi ordinance

This will clarify the responsibilities of a taxi cab license holder if an event disqualifies them from having a license.

ALEXANDRIA — At its Monday meeting, the Alexandria City Council took preliminary action to change a section of city code dealing with taxicabs.

This will clarify the responsibilities of a taxi cab license holder if an event disqualifies them from having a license.

It states that if any disqualifying circumstances, such as having a felony conviction in the last 10 years or certain other criminal history, such as having three or more traffic code violations in one year, the city has the discretion to suspend or revoke the license. Also, failing to give notice of certain criminal convictions is also grounds for suspending or revoking the license.

Following are other items from the Feb. 14 meeting not covered in other council stories.

New stormwater member

The council appointed Lukas Gotto of Alexandria to the city’s stormwater management committee.

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He will fill a vacancy left by Jim Scott who stepped down after the Nov. 2021 meeting. The term will expire at the end of 2022.

Speedway gets beer, wine licenses

Viking Speedway received an on-sale beer license during their races this spring, summer and fall.

The same conditions as previous years apply – beer may only be sold under the grandstand or by beer runners; sales can’t start more than an hour before the scheduled race time and must end at 9:55 p.m; all containers must be opened at the point of sale; wristbands must be used to designate ages; beer consumption is limited to the grand stand; no alcohol is allowed in the pit area.

The speedway also received a renewal of its wine license for this year. This, combined with its on-sale beer license, will allow the speedway to sell strong beer.

In other license requests, Northdale Oil, doing business as Brothers Market Alexandria, was allowed to transfer its off-sale beer and its tobacco license from Brothers Market, Inc., to Northdale Oil, Inc., which is doing business as Brothers Market Inc. Northdale Oil is acquiring the property on March 1.

Gambling permit for motorcycle group

The council approved a one-day, off-site gambling premise permit for American Bikers for Awareness, Training, and Education, known as ABATE, of Minnesota.

This will allow the non-profit organization to sell raffle tickets on April 23 at the Holiday Inn.

Al Edenloff is the editor of the twice-weekly Echo Press. He started his journalism career when he was in 10th grade, writing football and basketball stories for the Parkers Prairie Independent.
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